(Taken from penangfoodie.com)
Café by definition is a usually small and informal establishment serving various refreshments, especially coffee. This guide is specially made for cafe hopper or addict as it reveals where to find the best cafe, great cup of latte, brightest espresso, the best brewed cappuccino or just a really good drop coffee in Penang, the city we love.
No doubt, the cafe trend is a worldwide phenomenon with no signs of slowing down. In Penang, a growing demand for good coffee and a burgeoning cafe scene sees new additions every month. With so many to choose from, it can be difficult deciding which one to go to. To help you out in your coffee hunting adventures, we’ve sussed out the best cafes you must visit when in Penang.
One of the pioneers of Penang’s café scene, Pik Nik has all the elements of a hipster hangout. The café’s interior is a mish-mash of colour and variety: bright pillows, a mix of chairs in various shapes, and tasteful graffiti scribbled all over the walls.
This cafe houses an array of antiques and recycled furnitures, even its tables are remade from old wooden doors! Nonetheless, it is the waffles of Pik Nik that make this café tick. Signature waffles are made crispy and adorned with savory items such as bacon, scrambled eggs and smoked salmon.
Address: 15, Nagore Road, 10050 Penang
China House is a traditional compound of 3 heritage buildings, linked by an open air courtyard and converted into 14 spaces comprising shops, cafes, restaurant, galleries, live music and bakery. China House framed as the longest café in Penang, measuring approximately 400 feet (120 meters). Oh ya! Their Tiramisu is the bomb!
Address: 153 & 155, Lebuh Pantai and 183B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 Penang, Malaysia
If you’re looking for a chilling afternoon cafe, Awesome canteen is surreptitiously awesome. We love the rustic charm embedded in this cafe, it’s not something that can be easily duplicated by others. Only in Awesome Canteen ; only in Penang.
Address: 164-A & 164-B, Lebuh Victoria, 10300 George Town, Malaysia
Georgetown’s best-hidden secret is probably the only place in town that sells churros and cronuts, bringing American delights into the heart of Penang. The churros are renowned for being crispy and fluffy and a choice of five dips is offered. The cronuts, drenched in either salted caramel or nutella, will certainly make you drool.
Not to be missed is The Alley’s affogato, made up of a scoop of Haagen-Daz ice cream paired with the café’s locally roasted signature coffee. Though limited in space, the café makes up for it with its quirky interior. The Alley has since expanded to Sungai Petani and Raja Uda. The two new outlets offer bagels and sushi respectively, and are definitely worth checking out as well!
Address: 5, Stewart Lane, 10200 Georgetown
Lunarbar serves artisan desserts, cakes, ice cream & coffee at a relatively small yet Instagram-worthy setting. In a casual and somewhat close to nature interior design, it’s with great comfort to enjoy a cup of coffee and desserts without being restricted by the formal atmosphere of a cafe or restaurant otherwise.
Address: 38/1 Lebuh Farquhar (Penang Bowl), 10200 Penang, Malaysia
Constant Gardener Coffee
Happiness is a cup of your favorite coffee, a good book and the afternoon to enjoy them both. Pick Constant Gardener Coffee to enjoy your lovely afternoon. It is a tiny multi-roasters coffee shop serving heritage George Town, Penang with specialty coffees, teas, hot chocolates and more. One of the best cafe in Penang!
Address: 9, Lebuh Light, Chinese Chambers Of Commerce Building, George Town, 10200 George Town
Located in a colonial building, the cozy photograph themed cafe – Soul Cafe in Jalan Kek Chuan is a place for a great plate of spaghetti and a cup of awesome coffee. Despite an exodus of crowd flocking the cafe during peak period, the servers are ever readily to be at your service. On and off, Soul Cafe chefs do invent certain limited time dishes, hence do check out their Today’s Special.
Address: 12, Jalan Kek Chuan, 10400 George Town
Bricklin Cafe Bar
Bricklin Bar Café is nestled at the corner of Hin Bus Depot, the now defunct bus-station-turned-art-gallery site. This corner café has earned its reputation for its top-notch coffee, handcrafted by professional baristas and concocted from locally roasted beans from Feeka.
Bricklin’s signature brew is the Red Latte (a unique rendition of teh tarik) and its very own Bricklin Cold Brew. With large glass windows, an abundance of natural sunlight, and colourful street art right outside its doorstep, a visit to Bricklin is guaranteed to be instagram-worthy. The place currently serves only homemade pastries and cakes, so just come for your coffee and dessert fix.
Address: 31A, Jalan Gurdwara, 10300 Georgetown, Penang
Founded by 6 Penang-born entrepreneurs that are passionate about coffee knowledge and culture, Macallum Connoisseurs which is located at the heart of the Georgetown City, a 50-year old, 12,000 square feet warehouse-turned cafe aims to be the standard hub where they gather genuine coffee lovers by showcasing everything one needs to know about coffee.
Address: 1 Gat Lebuh Macallum, 10300 George Town, Malaysia